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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,103
Friday, January 2nd, 2015
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In the News:

0) Friday: Short again
1) Netanyahu urges war crimes court to reject Palestinian Arab membership bid
2) Navajo Council OKs bill on special vote for president
3) Report: Chick-fil-A faces credit card breach
4) Bush resigns from corporate boards
5) Mario Cuomo, 1932-2015

Everybody Has An Opinion:

6) Control is in government’s nature
7) The best argument against libertarianism
8) The biggest problem for libertarians
9) The brain drain, gain and retain
10) Command posts: Roads, railroads and the state

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0) Friday: Short again

Dear readers,

Another short edition for you today, and once again I’d like to explain why.

On the one hand, when major holidays (like Christmas and New Year) fall on a Thursday, it seems to make sense to tell RRND/FND’s editors to take a long weekend instead of coming back “into the office” for one day.

On the other hand, it also makes sense to put out short editions on those extra days (and maybe even on the holidays themselves) so that come next Monday we aren’t leaving out good content for “lack of space” (more than 60-70 stories maximum just doesn’t scan very well in an email message, and the list management service we use also has a message length cap).

Thus the short editions like today’s five news, five commentary message.

Also, of course, every little note like this that I write is a chance to ask you to support our work financially, which you can do at:

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Have a great weekend! We’ll be back Monday with the regular email edition (if not before with more shorties!).

Yours in liberty,
Tom Knapp
Publisher
Rational Review News Digest / Freedom News Daily

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1) Netanyahu urges war crimes court to reject Palestinian Arab membership bid
Source: euronews [EU]

“Israel has urged the International Criminal Court to reject the Palestinian Authority’s bid for membership. The move paves the way for the court to take jurisdiction over crimes committed in Palestinian [Arab] lands and investigate the conduct of Israeli and Palestinian [Arab] leaders over more than a decade of bloody conflict. … On Wednesday, Palestinian [Arab] President Mahmoud Abbas signed on to 20 international agreements, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). It follows other steps to seek the trappings of statehood without waiting for the outcome of negotiations with Israel.” [editor’s note: Strange that Israel’s politicians (and their US shills), who refuse to join the court themselves, would think that they should have a say over whether or not others get to – TLK] (01/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p33we9g

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2) Navajo Council OKs bill on special vote for president
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The Navajo Nation Council has passed a bill to conduct a special election for the tribal presidency next summer, months after a deadline set by the Navajo Nation Supreme Court. … The presidential race was thrown into turmoil before the tribe’s Nov. 4 general election when candidate Chris Deschene was disqualified due to a ruling that he wasn’t fluent in the Navajo language. … Deschene has said he is proficient in speaking Navajo and that he proved it on the campaign trail. Amid the turmoil, the general election for the tribal presidency, which was scheduled for Nov. 4, was put on hold.” (01/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pc3lr3b

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3) Report: Chick-fil-A faces credit card breach
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

“Chick-fil-A Inc. may be the latest victim of a major credit card breach. Krebs on Security reported Dec. 30 ‘sources at several U.S. financial institutions say they have traced a pattern of credit card fraud back to accounts that all were used at different Chick-fil-A fast food restaurants around the country.’ … Chick-fil-A operates 1,850 locations in 41 states and Washington, D.C.” (12/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kgf2539

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4) Bush resigns from corporate boards
Source: United Press International

“Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ended 2014 by resigning from all corporate boards, another move suggesting he is serious about a presidential run. Bush also resigned as an adviser to Academic Partnerships, a for-profit company that provides online university courses, an aide told the Washington Post.” (01/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k4zyf2a

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5) Mario Cuomo, 1932-2015
Source: New York Times

“Mario M. Cuomo, the three-term governor of New York who commanded the attention of the country with a compelling public presence, a forceful defense of liberalism [sic] and his exhaustive ruminations about whether to run for president, died on Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 82. His family confirmed the death, which occurred only hours after Mr. Cuomo’s son Andrew M. Cuomo was inaugurated in Manhattan for a second term as governor.” (01/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kcpt9kj

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6) Control is in government’s nature
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“One common argument for government is that people are evil, greedy, and cruel, so government is necessary to protect people from each other. This seems to ignore the fact government is made up of those same people. How giving some of those evil, greedy, and cruel people authority over the rest is supposed to solve the problem has always mystified me, and asking how this is imagined to work goes unanswered. It’s a justification devoid of reason.” (01/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nx3639q

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7) The best argument against libertarianism
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Kevin Vallier

“[R][adical libertarians in particular make a lot of claims about how a free or ‘freed’ market will function under various institutional conditions. But it’s hard to know what will or won’t work. When challenged, libertarians sometimes fall back on hard-nosed a prioristic models of market functioning, but those defenses are seldom very satisfying. Other times, libertarians stress that the case for most principled political positions that don’t simply ratify the status quo require similar epistemic bets. The latter point seems to me somewhere near the truth, probably.” (01/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p6h4n4n

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8) The biggest problem for libertarians
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“The beauty of the market process is that, after all, you do not need to understand it to use it shrewdly. The world is full of perfectly cautious and careful customers, who believe nobody else is and thus contend that stricter regulations are needed. Most people are hardly patient with the inefficiencies of government bureaucracies, but this very fact doesn’t seem to prevent them to preach for greater government interventions.” (01/02/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/01/the_biggest_pro.html

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9) The brain drain, gain and retain
Source: The Daily Bell
by Wendy McElroy

“America is making emigration more difficult and expensive. Last year, for example, the cost of renouncing U.S. citizenship rose by over 400% from $450 to $2,350. Those who take the far more common step of simply and quietly leaving still remain vulnerable to a massive tax system that reaches into foreign lands. At the same time, expats are becoming financial pariahs who find it awkward to support themselves because basic services, like a foreign bank account, are difficult to obtain. One of the reasons for the slow but inexorable closing of borders is not given sufficient weight.” (01/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nkev752

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10) Command posts: Roads, railroads and the state
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Joseph R Stromberg

“As any viewer of the British Channel 4 Time Team series will have noticed, almost everywhere below Hadrian’s Wall that the archaeological team digs, they have a fair chance of finding an Imperial Roman road, or a local road leading to it. The Romans were great engineers and road builders (and not just in Britain). Roman roads were all about political control and moving armies, and later kings were not ignorant of the connection, nor were republics and democracies. Everywhere, ruling classes and states have spotted the obvious advantages of controlling peoples’ movement and communications. The royal road is also the post road, and road intersections are good points for collecting revenue. Roads are a perfect example of Murray Rothbard’s very promising notion of ‘command posts,’ that is, ‘vital nerve centers’ of society which the state seeks to own or monopolize.” (01/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pp5adny

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Editors:
Thomas L. Knapp
R. Lee Wrights
Mary Lou Seymour
Steve Trinward
Brad Spangler
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